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November 21, 2016 2:46 pm

Top Congressman: Palestinian Authority’s ‘Pay-to-Slay’ Scheme Has Got to Stop

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Congressman Ed Royce of California, the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Congressman Ed Royce of California, the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The US must cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

“This pay-to-slay scheme has got to stop,” Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California said in remarks at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual awards gala in New York City.

With this goal in mind — as reported by The Algemeiner — three Republican senators (Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dan Coats of Indiana and Roy Blunt of Missouri) introduced the “Taylor Force Act” earlier this year, which was named after the 28-year-old West Point graduate who was stabbed to death on the Tel Aviv beach promenade by a Palestinian terrorist in March.

Another speaker at Sunday’s ZOA dinner — which was the subject of controversy after it was announced last week that senior Donald Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, who has faced allegations of antisemitism, would be in attendance (he ultimately did not show up) — was internationally renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz.

“The Left in Europe and the United States is moving more left, and the Right is moving more right,” Dershowitz said. “I think these trends are troubling…Israel and Jews have historically always thrived at the center. We’ve always suffered between the extremes of right and left…between the black of fascism and the red of communism.”

“I’m a little worried today that there are Jews in many parts of the world that are being seduced by the hard Right,” Dershowitz went on to say. “We must not become complicit in bigotry, whether it is from the Right or the Left…I think that being pro-Israel can never serve as an excuse for bigotry against any other group. And we must be as stalwart in condemning bigotry among our friends as we are in condemning bigotry among our enemies.”

Dershowitz, a Democrat, vowed, “I will fight to keep the Democratic Party pro-Israel. It won’t be easy. And it won’t be any easier if Keith Ellison is appointed the head of the DNC (Democratic National Committee).”

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  • Peter

    Obama’s legacies will finally come to an end as the funding the PA has enjoyed all those years have been mismanaged by promoting and funding the daily acts of terrorism and largely PADDED the personal accounts of the PA leaders. So yes unless there is a 100% commitment that the violence stops immediately!!!!

  • Peter Joffe

    All funding to Islamic entities must stop! Who has more money than anyone else anyway? Yes Muslims countries with oil and money to spare and yet they laugh as we fund our own killers. This is the height of stupidity but of course ‘political correctness’ is also the height of suicidal stupidity. Western liberals are on missions of self destruction.